Letter to the Parliamentary Commissioner
for Standards from Mr Jonathan Upton
Thank you for your fax of 20 April 2000.
As I stated in my fax sent earlier today, we do not
hold any documents with financial information concerning the Scottish
general election other than those which you received this morning.
I cannot speculate on the authenticity of the document
sent to you. I have never seen it before. There is no record of
it at Labour Party headquarters in London or at our Scottish Labour
I can tell you that Paul McKinney, who is referred
to in this document, only worked for us for a period of seven
weeks, leaving on the 28th May 1998. Furthermore, as you already
are aware, Chris Winslow was not employed by us until the 15th
June 1998. There is no relationship between the sums of money
identified as salaries for Chris Winslow and Kevin Reid to any
Labour Party payscale or indeed any amount that they received
or were ever proposed to receive. I would want to repeat my recommendation
of caution in my earlier letter about drawing any conclusions
from this document which is, at best, of doubtful provenance.
20 April 2000